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Wesley's NICU Family Advisory Council Receives Quality of Life Award

The Wesley Neonatal Special Nurseries Family Advisory Council has received the 2012 R.A. “Jiggs” Nelson Quality of Life Award for a community group or organization. The award was presented at the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation’s (WMREF) annual meeting.

The Quality of Life Award recognizes organizations and individuals in the Wichita health-care community who have contributed to the quality of life of individuals who are served in mind, body and spirit and whose work has resulted in the improvement of physical well-being, mental health and spiritual well-being of others. It is named in honor of R.A. Jiggs Nelson, M.D., who was the founder of neonatology at Wesley Medical Center.

What a fitting tribute to the volunteers of the Family Advisory Council, and also a fitting tribute to continue the memory of Dr. Nelson and his dedication to Wesley and the smallest babies and their needs and those of their families, stated Peggy Johnson, Executive Director of WMREF.

The members of the council are families of babies who have been in the neonatal intensive care unit. They all share a desire to help the Wesley NICU become an even stronger facility through family-centered care and a passion for helping current NICU families. They assist families of babies who are in the unit in several direct and indirect ways, including: Speaking up for the needs and ideas of all NICU families; bringing concerns to the correct contact in the hospital; providing parent-to-parent support; improving the comfort of families; and aiding in providing families with information and other resources.

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